Cambodia Trips and Beach Holidays

Cambodia trips and beach holidays

Cambodia trips open the view for new holidays destinations in particular Angkor and beaches. The country combines several interesting subjects, first culture oriented travel to Angkor Wat, Thom and other places. In 2013 about 4.5 million visitors enjoyed the trip to this exotic Asia country. 

Visiting the beaches at the South China Coast and the untouched nature which is still around in the south west and north east plus great people who are quite different to their neighbors. We also bring some information about the Khmer culture most travelers come here to experience or at least to have a look for. Culture oriented trips are mostly to Angkor Wat and Thom plus a couple of smaller temple cluster such as Phnom Chisor, the National Museum in Phnom Penh and more.

The country is for sure a coming "heavy weight" in the South East Asian tourist scene and will see a sharp increase in travel when the SEA countries lift their border restrictions in 2015. 


Cambodia beach holiday
Cambodia beach holiday at Koh Kong


Khmer Dancer at Angkor Thom
Khmer Dancer at 
Angkor Thom
Cambodia Apsara Dancing
Cambodia 
Apsara Dancing
Khmaer dancer at Angkor Wat
Khmaer dancer at 
Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat   Angkor Thom   Phnom Penh   Phnom Chisor   Siem Reap

Sihanoukville   Koh Kong    Kep and Kampot    Central Market      


Bangkok to Siem Reap     Phnom Penh to Bangkok


Phnom Chisor
Phnom Chisor
Phnom Chisor Buddha Temple
Phnom Chisor Buddha Temple













Once you have been here you will come back again since it is a unique and pleasant atmosphere and a pristine tropical environment with a pleasant Buddhist philosophy and nice people. 

Although they had the mess of some lunatic communists who where controlled by even more mad red Chinese and some spots of French lefties, it' over now. When you talk with local people don't warm up this stuff, that's the last they want to hear.


Angkor Face Tower
Angkor Face Tower
Cambodia Trips with the Elephant
Cambodia Trips 
with the Elephant
Beaches are at the South China Seafront around Sihanoukville, Koh Kong, Kep and Kampot. Plenty of pristine nature is still around and a interesting capital is waiting to be explored.


Cambodia beach holiday at Sihanoukville
Holiday at Sihanoukville

Ochheuteal Beach
Ochheuteal Beach

Beach infrastructure is very rudimentary although there are beautiful waterfronts but only very few hotels and resorts. 



Waterfall at Bokor National Park
Waterfall at Bokor National Park

Koh Poi River Trip in the south
Koh Poi River Trip in the south
Dirt biking at Sre Ambel
Dirt biking at Sre Ambel










Holiday in Cambodia are easy to handle since the country is rather small and buses are available from Phnom Penh to every corner in the kingdom. 


Beach holiday in Cambodia
Beach at Koh Kong
Holiday at Ochheuteal beach
Waterfront at Ochheuteal beach
It is also easy to rent a car or a scooter and do it on your own but this is very dangerous since there are no traffic rules and if there is an accident there are no real hospitals outside the big cities. A popular variant are "dirt bike tours" which are somehow interesting because most roads are in real bad conditions anyway.

People are very friendly and cooperative and quite a lot speak reasonable English, actually more than in neighboring Thailand. 


Angkor Thom Temple Ruine
Angkor Thom Temple Ruine
Angkor Wat Front View
Angkor Wat Front View



Siem Reap Nightlife

The old market with "Pub Street" is the center of all nightlife in the city

Some hotel nightclubs are around but are rather secondary. When the sun disappears Pup Street awakes and that's the center of the old market. Here are the bars, restaurants, nightclubs, discos, dinner show and everything in between. Pub Street is somehow like Bangkok's Khao San Street but less chaotic, everyone has fun that's the most important,most of the places are owned by "western foreigners" that means less cheating although some still do it. 


Pub Street at Old Market in Siem Reap


The Temple Nightclub
The Temple Club
Nightlife at Pub Street
Nightlife at Pub Street












Temple Club Siem Reap
Temple Club in Siem Reap
Many bars to choose, among other the Angkor What Bar?  Another is the Temple Club probably one of the most "user friendly" in the local nightlife business since it includes a restaurant upstairs with a free dinner show, a nice place with slow motion dancing but also very fast native dances, Cambodians like it both ways, the fast stuff looks more contemporary.

Absolute top notch since where you get anything for free
Cambodian Dance
Cambodian Dance
anymore these days? The dancers are real good; this is not a cheap "wishi-washi". First they run the slow motion show and after the fast run both with pleasant Khmer music in the back coming from a whole native orchestra, no computer playback, all natural.


That's the way it actually should be, check the pictures accessible through the link and don't forget the ads they are amazing informative.

This establishment as a somehow universal place where everything for a great integrated, dance show upstairs, bar disco, pool etc. at street level, prices are also rather moderate, actually in the country pricing is very similar to Thailand it looks as if they take the neighbor as benchmark.

In 1998 the Angkor What bar was the very first on Pub Street,


Pub Street
Pub Street seen from Angkor What Bar

a lively nightspot and beer source with tourists graffiti at the walls. 

The place is well known and market in any tourist guide which naturally brings customers, a nice beer source after an exhaustive day visiting temples and monuments, prices are, as practically everywhere, except the big hotels, very "user friendly".



Sre Ambel Day Trip

A trip to Sre Ambel Waterfall in the Cardamon Mountains

near the western main road to Phnom Penh is a step into Cambodia's wilderness. In this case into the cardamom mountains. When in the south of the country make this day trip, there are no temples but great nature. It is not a comfortable trip on your holiday plan it needs some hiking and take a local guide otherwise you get lost.


Sre Ambel Day Trip
Sre Ambel Day Trip
Dirt bike day trip
Dirt bike day trip












It needs a bit of an afford to make that trip but it's worth it. The countryside is exotic, when walking on the path through the scrub always watch where you step on there are some snakes and other small reptiles around. They wont do anything unless you care and don't do something first, use strong shoes.

sre ambel
Sre Ambel



water buffaloes playing
Water buffaloes playing
people gliding in small boats
People gliding in small boats

In the cardamon mountains











Just take the bus which moves between this two biggest cities of the country, make sure it is the one using the Koh Kong highway and get of at the place, the station is at the intersection where the road to the waterfall starts. Have a look around for a someone with a motorbike or scooter and negotiate a price. 

The best is to check at the repair shops there are always some people to ask. $ 20,- is a reasonable price because it's a rather long ride, mostly on a dirt road and after about an hour walk uphill on a trail through bamboo thickets.


sre ambel waterfall
Sre Ambel waterfall

All together after around two hours a deep ravine will appear at the left and the waterfall is visible. During the dry season there is no much water, for this the best visit is October through January although there is water all year round but it fluctuates.

On the dirt road to the waterfall


Cambodian Dirt Bike Trip
Dirt Bike Trail
Cambodian water buffaloes
Cambodian water buffaloes




A trip from Koh Kong to Phnom Penh

A trip from Koh Kong to Phnom Penh by bus


From Koh Kong we start around 7 am and when we moved into the Cardamon Mountain the road got real bad one crater after the other, there are some road works but only minimal. Although this road was built by Thai military as a courtesy action some years ago it is totally broken up. 

This is nothing special because roads built by Thai people deteriorate after around one year that's the same in their own country, when they want to get some good roads they hire foreign companies because they cant handle that. 


A trip from Koh Kong to Phnom Penh by bus
A trip from Koh Kong to Phnom Penh by bus

From Koh Kong to Phnom Penh by bus
From Koh Kong to Phnom Penh by bus
At the Sri Ambel Bus Station
At the Sri Ambel Bus Station

Apsara Dance Girls at Angkor

A great example of Khmer Art are relief from Apsara Dance Girls

Relief cover parts of Angkor's temples with heavenly girls or Apsaras whose presence enhances the divinity of the temple. Their postures are very expressive female and definitely real eye candy, they are a distant copy of similar artwork from Hindu temples in India.


Apsara at Angkor Thom
Apsara at Angkor Thom
Apsara at Angkor Thom 1
Apsara at Angkor Thom
The freestanding reliefs figures make a great three-dimensional sandstone relief. It was one of the important Khmer free-standing art in form of sandstone sculptures, Khmer figures including nagas and garudas plus deities in deep relief, attached to buildings.


Modern Apsara Cambodian Dance Girls
Modern Apsara Cambodian Dance Girls
Apsara at Angkor Thom (1)
Apsara at Angkor Thom (1)

















Heavenly girls or Apsaras
Heavenly girls or Apsaras
Apsara Dancer at Angkor
Apsara Dancer at Angkor











Contemporary heavenly girl or apsara


There are some places with dinner shows and an attractive dance performance in old Khmer and Angkor style. The best place to watch this is within a music and dance show in Pub street, Siem Reap is The Temple Club, now why? Because their show is real good, wont cost anything and has a Khmer orchestra as background which does an incredible job. There are also some more nightlife facilities there which finally brings a perfect evening pleasure.




Phnom Penh Nightlife

Phnom Penh Nightclub Ladies are plenty and they make the nightlife vibrant

It's Phnom Penh nightclub time after the bad times of the country disappear slowly into the dark past, modern times take over and fun is turned on again.

Phnom Penh Nightlife Dancing
Phnom Penh Nightlife Dancing
Nightlife means bars, disco dancing, and restaurants are filling up. Everything here is still very "homemade" in terms of styling and design but this wont matter since the people wont come in here because of the styling, they come in to have a good time and look for young entertainment women, there are plenty of them. 

They come from all over the country trying to make some quick cash and they do quite well, it depends as usual at the behavior and how pretty.

The city is the center of Cambodia nigh fun with girls, next is Siem Reap, Koh Kong and Sihanoukville but both are rather rudimentary. Bars and clubs are plenty and ladies gorgeous. There is also not much visibility of gay and lesbian as in Thailand. 


Siem Reap Nightlife Shopping
Koh Kong Nightlife Disco
Koh Kong Nightlife Disco















Restaurant at Sisowath Quai
Restaurant at Sisowath Quay
Nightlife at 136th street
Fun at 136th street
at 136 street
At 136 street
Nightclub with girls in Cambodia
Nightclub with girls in Cambodia





















With more exposure to tourism people from various cultures come to the country and bring something new, what about Salsa and Pizza into a restaurants. Another thing is amazing, in all bars at 136th street at least one computer connected to the internet and free to use.

The result is that most of the time the ladies is browsing Facebook, chattering is popular also in Cambodia. But now most computer are connected to "youtube" and they run the music from there.

This definitely is improving the language skills of the ladies which is is important anyway since almost all visitors are foreigners. 


New hotels pop up and restored old ones


with the typical French architecture style elements are plenty, some expensive, some not so, its easy to find a lodge for every taste and budget.


Phnom Penh Bar Girls
Phnom Penh Bar Girls
sexy night club
Sisowath Quay & 136th Street









 
Riverside Bistro at Sisowath Quay
Riverside Bistro at Sisowath Quay

Riverside Bistro Interior
Riverside Bistro Interior
A highlight is the Riverside bistro it offers good quality food, drinks and a interesting atmosphere with plenty of old artifacts. 

Happy hour beer price is half and that the owner sometimes "flips out" is not so uncommon in this environment since the people have almost qualification, training etc. they do soooo many things wrong, I also would explode. On top of it the guy is gay and they simply don't have their hormones under control that's everywhere the same.

Restaurant and pubs are the preferred places to start a pleasant night since all stuff is relatively low priced everyone can enjoy. People go to have dinner at the open air terraces to enjoy the cool night breeze which comes in from the Tonle Sap, do some shopping, have some beers and watch out for pretty women.


Cambodian Bargirls at 136th Street Sisowath Quay
136th Street Sisowath Quay
Cambodian bargirls for entertainment and more

Pictured below are the small streets from the riverfront which is Sisowath Quay towards Central Market. Among the better bars are Sizzlers, Candy Bar, Dream Bar, Flora Bar, Cantina Bar, Freebird Bar, Heart of Darkness Club.

The main business with bar girls is on in Phnom Penh , there is nothing in this direction at Siem Reap and only little at Sihanoukville.


Along Sisowath Quay at 136 Street
Along Sisowath Quay at 136 Street

Phnom Penh Bar Girls at 136 street
Phnom Penh Bar Girls 
at 136 street

Its deep red here and that is not a political coloring, anyway, girls are pretty, responsive and create a marvelous atmosphere. 

This picture is made towards the river and on the right side are several hotels where you could take you new companion after everyone is happy.

Phnom Penh Bar Street
Phnom Penh Bar Street


Phnom Penh Nightclub
Phnom Penh Nightclub








At Central Market
At Central Market

Along Sisowath Quay is the best area to stay 

because of the hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, everything is just around the corner. In the small roads leading from the river to town center and Central Market.

At the boulevards high end SUV's are roaring along showing some guys got money and they are willing to spend it, in particular 136 street is interesting.

There is another great thing, prices are quite affordable, its somehow like in Thailand, actually almost everything is imported from there. Compared with places such as Phuket, Pattaya, or Bangkok the scene is still rather small but it growing continuously.


Cambodian bar-girls for entertainment


Phnom Penh Nightclubs
Phnom Penh Nightclubs
Bar at 136 Street
Bar at 136 Street
Most of them work off the riverfront, among the better bars are Sizzlers, Candy Bar, Dream, Flora, Cantina, Freebird, Heart of Darkness Club and more. The main business of this type is on in Phnom Penh , there is almost nothing elsewhere. Places are running on full load every evening and there is a optimistic atmosphere having a great time. The city is slowly building up some reputation for an exotic fun mood with pretty young ladies, there are no strip clubs in Cambodia, don’t believe when people tell this.


Cambodian Nightlife
Cambodian Nightlife

In the night the mood is high and beer is flowing, 

they have some good local stuff such as "Angkor Beer" which is better than any Thai beer because not producing headache the next day as practically all Thai made do because of chemicals used instead a natural material. The only exception in Thailand is Heineken because it seems that they have some quality control.


For the younger Khmer generation


most of the horror of the past has clipped into a distant black. For the ladies and younger guys the destination is make money as quick as possible to get out of the mess the communists with the help of China kicked the country into.


Apsara Dancing
Apsara Dancing
Khmer apsara dancing
Khmer apsara dancing 
Apsara dance show
Apsara dance show


Apsara Dance Group
Apsara Dance Group
Khmer dance nightclub show
Khmer dance nightclub show
















Khmer Apsara Dancing

When you are in town enjoy a Apsara or Khmer dance show 


This slow motion dancing show the people from a different perspective, it should be on the agenda of every first visit to the country, it virtually tells and is a pleasure to watch when the pretty dancer do their rhythmic very slow movement. 

Costumes are great and it switches from group and single Khmer dancer back and forward. Also at the beach town of Sihanoukville they perform it and at Siem Reap you can see it at the Temple Club in Pub Street.